The special CBI court has issued the Letters Rogatory (LRs) to four countries namely the UK, Bermuda, Malaysia and Mauritius to get details related to the Aircel-Maxis deal. The former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran is an accused in the case.
The move is aimed at getting details of financial transactions from these four countries to get to the money trail involved in the case.
Former Aircel chief C Sivasankaran had alleged that Maran as the then telecom minister favoured Maxis group in the takeover of his company and that return investments were made by it through Astro network in Sun TV-owned by the Maran family.
According to the allegations leveled by the CBI Maran had received Rs 547 crore as kickbacks from Malaysian telecom company Maxi.
There is also a possibility of the agency questioning Maran in connection with the case later this month.
Earlier the CBI’s probe was limited to Malaysia and Mauritius in connection with alleged routing of money in the takeover of Aircel by Malaysian giant Maxis.
Others who are facing probe and are accused in the case are –Maran’s brother Kalanithi Maran, Sun Direct TV director, chairman of Maxis Communication T Ananda Krishnan, senior executive of Astro All Asia Network and Maxis'' Ralph Marshall and three companies Astro All Asia Networks, Sun Direct TV and Maxis Communication. They have accused by the CBI of complicity.